You want to make a move up in this world? Be great at something. Be really, really great at something. That will bring you at least one step closer to anywhere you want to go.
And greatness is not God given ability…it is a choice.
It’s not an easy choice. It’s not a singular choice. It’s the hard choices you must make every day. A total commitment to excellence.
When greatness is achieved it usually involves a passion. And going after that passion with a focused abandon is what gets you there.
That isn’t to say that you are pursuing your passion in your job right now. Or that you are only great at a task that you are passionate about. It’s to say that when you have that ultimate goal out there born out of a passion…it helps you appreciate the steps it takes to get to where you want to be. And greatness at each level, whether the task is glorious or not, can be achieved.
Greatness is achieved by those who want something bad enough that they will not settle for less.
Make anything less than great unacceptable. Work as hard as you can, to see just how great you can actually become.
Be great. Be better than great. If you write, write better than William Shakespeare. If you box, box better than Manny Pacquiao. If you dig holes, dig holes better than anyone ever has dug a hole in the history of men digging holes. Those ‘immortalized greats’ are only men and women. Just like me. Just like you. Men and women who worked incredibly hard to hone a skill. Incredibly hard to maintain that level of skill. To be great in their Way.
Show the world how great you can be in your own way. At anything. At everything.
People should see you do something, and then go tell their friends about how well you did it. Not because you need the accolades, but because you have so much pride in whatever you are doing, that you radiate greatness. That you inspire greatness. Don’t do that for them…do it for you.
Greatness will give you pride. That sense of self worth. That sense that you are reaching your potential. It will give you that feeling of self satisfaction that may be lacking in your life. It will gain you recognition. The very thing you need to move up in this world.
If what you’re doing is just a stepping stone, that’s OK. Be great at it. And when you move up, and you will move up, then choose to be great on the next stone. Then the next.
Greatness will create the path that leads you to wherever it is that you want to go.